"So what’s the big deal?" you ask. Let me tell you.

There has been a lot of press about Cora Vinca in the greenhouse trade magazines, at pack trials, on the internet and elsewhere. Now we are in the middle of summer and soon we’ll be seeing a lot of information about how Cora Vinca performs in flower beds and gardens. Based on what I’ve seen so far this summer, I predict that Cora will be one of the top performers in the field trials.

Cora Vinca is new series of F1 hybrid Vinca (also known as periwinkles) bred by Goldsmith Seeds. The big, new, innovative, extraordinary, etc. thing about the Cora series is its resistance to Aerial Phytophthora. Phytophthora is a fungus that affects bedding plants and usually starts with a wilted stem that progresses to a wilted plant that dies with in 1-2 weeks of the first wilted stem. Phytophthora flourishes in cool (less that 75 degrees), wet conditions. Frequent, unnecessary overhead irrigation and heavy fertilization contribute to the disease. If you’ve had vinca die it was probably due to the phytophthora fungus.

Did you catch that landscapers? That means that Cora Vinca is less likely to die on you than other varieties of vinca. Cora loves the heat (like all vinca do) and has a more uniform habit that is less prone to stretching or looking leggy. It looks great all season and requires little or no maintenance.

Here are some picture of some Cora Vinca that I took today. The short trailing vinca in the front is Mediterranean Vinca.

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13 Responses to “Cora Vinca”

  • B Wesolowski:

    I have the Cora Vinca and it is gorgeous. I am wondering if it is edible. I plan on making a punch this weekend for a shower and am suppose to use edible flowers for the ice ring. This flower would be perfect if it is edible.

  • jason:

    Vinca is poisonous! Please do not use it on anything that might be eaten. I am fairly certain that you would have to ingest a large amount to cause any serious damage, but small amounts will probably make you sick. Some varieties of vinca are used to make a powerful chemical used in chemotherapy to treat certain forms of cancer.

    Here are some links to what flowers are edible that you can use: http://www.landofvos.com/articles/kitchen8.html http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm

  • Ashley:

    I just want to know if cora vinca is an annual or perenial?

    • patrick:

      vinca grows for years in warmer climates. i live in phx and have had some plants for five or more years. usually they are treated as an annual, but without a freeze, they will live for years.

    • Lauren:

      I agree Patrick. I live in South FL and planted Cora Vinca in April of last year. They have had continuous blooms ever since. They are even in partial shade and have done fabulous. I never do any work with them and they look just beautiful!

  • jason:

    Cora Vinca is an annual.

  • Margaret Quiett:

    Is the Cora Venca and evergreen?

  • jason:

    Cora Vinca is not evergreen. Its leaves will turn yellow after being exposed to more than a week of cool temperatures (less than 60 degrees). The Cora Vinca in the pictured flower beds are starting to look a little rough due to the 10 or so inches of rain we have received this month from Gustav and Ike and also from the night temperatures in the upper 50s. Other vinca (not cora) have already turned yellow. We have Cora in another flower bed next to a metal building that is looking great though. Two other varieties that are also still looking good are First Kiss Blueberry Vinca and Cobra Orange Vinca.

  • Alecia:

    Well, after reading your comments I felt I could add a little something. Let me tell you straight-up, I work for Goldsmith Seeds, the breeder of Cora Vinca! I know I am a little biased, but I can tell you we have heard incredibly postive feedback from folks that have grown and planted Cora Vinca.

    Let me give you a little background on Cora. Our founder, Glenn Goldsmith, went on a plant collecting expedition over 18 years ago and found a wild Vinca that seemed to be very disease resistant. It wasn’t a very pretty plant, however it had the potential to be something quite special! He, and other breeders, worked (for over 18 years) on incorportating its disease resistance into a more traditional garden-friendly plant and, voila!, Cora was born!

    We’ve heard from trial grounds across the country, when other Vinca succumb to AP, Cora survives. Cora really is a breeding breakthrough and now landscaper and gardeners can enjoy a Vinca that will thrive all season long.

    Here’s a little tidbit that’s interesting — they used Cora Vinca to decorate the grounds around the Beijing Olympic Stadium and Water Cube. They tested hundreds of flower varieties for three years to see which performed the best in China’s hot and humid climate. Cora made the cut and they used it extensilvey throughout the display.

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  • wesumi:

    peace and blessings: i just got cora vinca. the store was throwing it out. i grabbed it before it got to the dumpster. i would like to know what can i do to restore it. there are some yellow leaves, i took them off and trimmed off the dead leaves and gave it some water. i placed it in my window next to my Chinese Plant. o.k., i just read the above comments and i believe toooooooo much water is not good. so ill time watering her. i should tell you that i do not have a “green thumb” however I LOVE PLANTS, FLOWERS anything that has to do with nature. So would u please give me advice on what to do. i do not want to give up on her.thank you in advance for your time and advice.

  • jason:

    Vinca is not an indoor plant so growing it like one will be a little challenging. It likes lots of sunlight and lots of heat. Vinca might survive if you can place it near a south facing window where it can get lots of sun and keep it warm (especially if you live in the northern part of the US). Water only when necessary. Vinca can wilt without any adverse effects.

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